Marcos Garza

Garza Law Firm, PLLC
550 W Main St Ste 340
Knoxville, TN 37902
865-540-8300
www.garzalaw.com


Mr. Garza is a native of East Tennessee.  He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.  He obtained his Masters of Science from the University of Tennessee and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.  Marcos M. Garza of the Garza Law Firm, PLLC is best known for his defense of those accused of DUI, criminal charges and for his representation of individuals who have suffered serious personal injury.

In 2010 through 2014, Marcos Garza was one of only four lawyers in the states of Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi, under the age of 40 to be selected as a “Mid-South Super Lawyer Rising-Star,” in the area of DUI/DWI Defense, a distinction given to the top 2.5% of all lawyers under the age of 40 or in the first 10 years of practice. Then, from 2017 through 2019, Marcos Garza has been designated a Super Lawyer in “DUI-DWI Defense“. Mr. Garza has consistently been recognized in CityView, Newsweek, Forbes  and Time magazines for his accomplishments as an outstanding attorney. Mr. Garza has also been recognized as one of the top 40 trial lawyers under 40 years of age in the state of Tennessee, as selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association, and has also been selected as one of their top 100 Trial Lawyers in America as recently as 2019. He has consistently been rated AV Preeminent, the highest distinction given by the distinguished Martindale attorney rating system.

Mr. Garza lectures both in the state of Tennessee and nationally in the areas of Criminal Defense, DUI and trial skills. Mr. Garza has literally attended hundreds of hours of legal and scientific education related to the defense of the citizen accused and prides himself in staying on the cutting edge of trial techniques and the underlying law and science that is necessary to effectively defend those accused of crime or those who have suffered serious personal injury. Mr. Garza is trained in the science and techniques of Gas Chromatography (the method used to test drugs and alcohol in the blood), the EC/IR II breath testing device and is both a student and Instructor of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) courses.

Mr. Garza is also a graduate of the prestigious National Criminal Defense College (NCDC) in Macon, Georgia and a graduate of the well-respected Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College® in Dubois, Wyoming, an intensive 24-day trial skills college.

After a tour as a Judge Advocate and Captain in the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Garza returned to practice law in his home of East Tennessee.  He routinely travels across East Tennessee handling criminal and personal injury cases for a relatively small number of clients.  Marcos Garza is committed to handling fewer cases in the areas of Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury law in order to achieve the best results possible.  This system enables Mr. Garza to get to know his clients personally and thoroughly, and he believes this not only produces better results but is also a more rewarding way of practicing law.  He is available during the week and on weekends for free consultations.  Mr. Garza is a husband and father of four young children and enjoys running and charcoal grilling on the weekends. Read legal reviews on Marcos Garza.

Education
Vanderbilt University, B.S., Psychology, 1996

University of Tennessee, Master of Science in Social Work, 1998

University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 2001

Court Admissions
Tennessee, 2001

United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2004

United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 2006

Awards
2019

Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Assoc.

Top-Rated DUI/DWI Attorney, Super Lawyers

AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martingale-Hubbell

2018

Top-Rated DUI/DWI Attorney, Super Lawyers

AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martingale-Hubbell

Best DUI Lawyer in Knoxville, Expertise.com

Best Car Accident Attorney in Knoxville, Expertise.com

2017

Top-Rated DUI/DWI Attorney, Super Lawyers

AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martingale-Hubbell

Elite Lawyer of the South

2016

AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Knoxville’s Top Lawyers, CityView Magazine

AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martingale-Hubbell

2015

Knoxville’s Top Lawyers, CityView Magazine

Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Assoc.

AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martingale-Hubbell

2014

Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course, American Association for Justice

Forensic Lawyer-Scientist, American Chemistry Society

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs Course III, American Chemistry Society

14 Best Criminal Defense Lawyers, Newsweek Magazine

AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Rising Star Mid-South, Super Lawyers

Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Assoc.

Knoxville’sTop Lawyers, CityView Magazine

2013

AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Spence Trial Lawyers College 3-Week Course, Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College

Rising Star Mid-South, Super Lawyers

Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Assoc.

Hands-On DNA Analysis Course, Dr. Greg Hampikian, Justin McShane & Josh Lee

Legal Leaders—Tennessee’s Top Rated Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell

2013 Standardized Field Sobriety Tests Update, Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC

Leading Criminal Defense Attorneys, Newsweek Magazine

Knoxville’s Top Lawyers, CityView Magazine

Forensic Chromatography: Solid Drug Dose Testing, Axion Analytical Laboratories, Inc.

2012

Rising Star Mid-South, Super Lawyers

AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Knoxville’s Top Lawyers, CityView Magazine

Pharmacology/Toxicology Principles—DUI-D & Drug Cases Scientific Law Forums, Inc.

Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers Assoc.

Learning at the Footsteps of the Master: Cross Examination Terry MacCarthy & Josh Lee

2011

Rising Star Mid-South, Super Lawyers

Outstanding Lawyers, Newsweek Magazine

Featured Tennessee Legal Profiles, Forbes Magazine

Forensic Gas Chromatography Course, American Chemical Society-Axion Labs-Drs. Harold McNair & Lee Polite, Justine McShane & Josh Lee

2010

Drug Recognition Expert Course Overview, Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC

Intoximeter EC/IR II Breathalyzer Device Course, Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement Course, Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC

Multi Device Breath Testing Mega-Course, Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers

Behind the Secrets of Highway Drug Interdiction Seminar, Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC

Forensic Chromatography Course, American Chemical Society

“Taking Care of Business” (DUI Seminar), Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Rising Star Mid-South, Super Lawyers

2009

Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor, Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC

2008

National Trial Practice Institute, National Criminal Defense College

Standardized Field Sobriety Test Training Certificate, LaPier & Associates

Leadership Law, Tennessee Bar Association

2004

Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, United States Marine Corps

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, United States Marine Corps

Captain, Judge Advocate, United States Marine Corps

2003

National Defense Service Medal, United States Marine Corps

Speaking Engagements
Self-Defense, Defense of Others, Escalation of Force, & Right to Counsel Issues, 2018

U.S. Law Shield (Tennessee & Kentucky), 2017, 2018

Trial Techniques and Issues Regarding Phase Two and Other Defenses, 2017

Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual DUI Seminar, 2017

Issues of Science McMinn County Bar Association, 2017

How to Win Your Trial at Preliminary Hearing Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual DUI Seminar, 2016

Implied Consent and other DUI Defense Issues TACDL Annual DUI Defense Conference, 2014

The CSI Effect: All the bloody details about Blood Testing, Breath Testing & Field Sobriety Testing Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association Annual Seminar, 2014

Preparing the DUI Case Knox County Public Defenders Office Training, 2014

Drug Recognition Expert Cross Examination Attacks DUI Seminar  Cobb County Bar Association, 2014

20 Ways to Win a DUI Case TACDL’s 6th Annual DUI Seminar & Training, 2013

Preliminary Hearings TACDL General Sessions Court Training, 2013

Debunking the Drug Recognition Expert Ohio Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers Advanced DUI Conference, 2013

20 Trial Tips for DWI Winning Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Seminar, 2013

Drug Recognition Defense 2013 DUI Conference Breckenridge, CO, 2013

Demystifying the Drug Recognition Evaluator TACDL’S DUI 2012 Seminar & Training, 2012

Drugged Driving TACDL’s 2011 DUI Training, 2011

NHTSA’s Standardized Field Sobriety Tests Standardized Field Sobriety Test Course, 2010

DUI/DWI Strategies in Defending DWI and DUI Cases, 2009

Planning your legal profession Planning your future as a legal professional, 2009